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Bob Hallberg
Head Coach - 12th Season
Alma Mater: Chicago State University
Phone: 773-298-3109

Bob Hallberg became the first head coach of the Saint Xavier University women's basketball program in 1999 and also took over as Athletics Director in May 2001. He has had some notable accomplishments with the SXU women's basketball program. The Cougars reached the 100-win mark in only their fourth season of existence, have achieved at least 20 wins in each season (including a program-best 31 wins in 2010) and have advanced to the NAIA National Tournament each of the last nine seasons.

Hallberg is a well-known figure on the Chicago hoops scene. He played high school basketball at Leo under legendary Jim Arnenberg and continued his playing career at Chicago Teacher's College (now Chicago State University) under Spin Salario. Hallberg received his degree in physical education from Chicago State in 1966 and later obtained a master's degree in physical education from George Williams University (Ill.).

Upon graduation from CSU, Hallberg launched his coaching career at Kennedy High School on the southwest side of Chicago. In his five years there, his teams won 93 contests, while losing just 16 for a remarkable .853 winning percentage.

In 1971, Hallberg was named the head men's coach at Saint Xavier College. His teams won 127 games and two conference titles over the next six years. That success earned a call from Chicago State in 1977. Chicago State was looking for a coach to lead its program into the NCAA Division I ranks. Hallberg responded with a 10-year run in which his teams averaged 25 wins a season.

Hallberg had many accomplishments while at Chicago State. In 1984, CSU won a third-place finish in the NAIA National Tournament and was ranked as the No. 1 small-college team in the nation. In 1985, his team set a record for the most NCAA Division I victories for a program in its first season of Divison I competition when his Cougars won 16 games. During these years, Chicago State held the NCAA record for consecutive home victories with a win streak of 75.

In 1987, Hallberg moved on to the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC). His career coaching record (high school and college) is 802-365 (.687 win percentage). Hallberg has spent his entire coaching career building winning programs and the Saint XavierUniversity women's basketball team is easily one of his most successful projects. In nine years with the relatively new program, he has put together a national contender. Since the team began play in 2000, the Cougars have a 278-85 overall record (.766 win percentage).

He resides in Oak Lawn with his wife, Linda. He has three sons: Bob (Becky), Bill (Deanna) and Brian (Joy). He also has eight grandchildren: Nathan, Grace, Ben, Sofia, Gavin, Evan, Jason and Jake.

Career Coaching Record

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TOTALS (Both high school and college)





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Barry Shaw
Assistant Coach - 12th Season
Alma Mater: Chicago State University

Shaw has been associated with coach Bob Hallberg since 1967 when Hallberg coached him at Kennedy High School. He attended Saint Xavier College, where he worked with the men's team as a student trainer and manager. His first coaching experience came during the 1976-77 season when he coached the Saint Xavier University women's basketball club team.

Shaw became an assistant coach at Chicago State University in 1978. Later, he was the assistant varsity boy's basketball coach at St. Laurence High School from 1983-85 and head varsity boy's basketball coach from 1985-90. From 1986-90, he coached local high school all-stars for Team Chicago in summer AAU tournaments. Shaw was also the assistant men's basketball coach for University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) from 1990-96.

Shaw is a graduate of Chicago State University (Ill.) with a bachelor of science degree in education and health. He is currently the dean of students at St. Laurence High School. He is a resident of Evergreen Park, Ill., where he lives with his wife, Mary, and their son, Robert.

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Jackie Heine
Assistant Coach - 4th Season
Alma Mater: Saint Xavier University

Heine begins her fourth season as an assistant coach with the Saint Xavier women's basketball program after playing for the Cougars from 2005-08. She will also aid with recruiting and film exchange duties. Heine had a standout playing career at SXU garnering NAIA All-American Honorable Mention recognition her senior season and named a All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) First Team selection in all three seasons.

As a quick and aggressive forward, Heine was a scoring and rebounding force for the Cougars in the post during her career. In only a three-year stint with the team, she finished No. 4 all-time in career points (1,159) and No. 3 all-time in career rebounds (657) and blocks (89).

Heine graduated from Saint Xavier University with degrees in mathematics and business management/finance. She currently lives in Oak Lawn, Ill.

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Jay Battles
Assistant Coach - 4th Season
Alma Mater: Saint Xavier University
Phone: 773-298-3585

After serving as team manager from 2004-08, Battles begins his fourth season as an assistant coach. His main responsibilities included recruiting and scouting of opponents. Battles also holds the role of assistant facility manager at the Shannon Center and handles the hiring, payroll and scheduling for all student workers of the Shannon Center and Saint Xavier University Athletics.

After receiving his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from SXU, Battles made a quick jump from student to staff. As assistant facility manager for the Shannon Center, which houses the main arena for Cougar basketball, Battles also helps oversee game set-up and practice scheduling.

Battles currently resides in Chicago.

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Alex Barone
Assistant Coach - 1st Season
Alma Mater: Saint Xavier University
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Katy LeGrand
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Melissa Naegele